Train Your Ears With SoundGym’s Online Ear Gym For Sound Engineers and Music Producers

SoundGym aims to fine tune your ears to pick up all the nuances of a track, giving musicians, producers, sound engineers and anyone interested top class audio perception.

SoundGym gives you a load of tools to help you perfect your listening capabilities and makes it fun in the process. The entirely online workout program for your ears features mini-games, challenges, rewards, and even a virtual studio you build yourself.

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As you progress throughout your daily training you will build up all the essential and advanced listening qualities such as:

  • Frequency detection
  • Compression
  • Coloration
  • Gain difference detection
  • Spatial impression
  • Equalisation
  • Quality
  • and MORE

SoundGym isn’t just a uniquely brilliant way to develop your audio perception but is also based around the science of improving your brain’s connections in relation to music and hearing. SoundGym allege that music is perceived in the “right holistic hemisphere of the brain” and is not easily accessed by the “conscious, analytical left hemisphere”. These means that for us listening is easy, but analysis of what we hear is a much bigger challenge.

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SoundGym claim their program “will help you close the gap between the right and left hemispheres of your brain, providing you with essential listening skills.” But why is all this brain connecting and precision hearing important? Well it’s not unless you’re working with music, then it can be incredibly important.

Being able to quickly decide what part of a track is compressed, the ability to hear what changes you could make and the tools you’d use to make them is incredibly important to a studio or music peers. Whether you want to produce your own tracks to the highest quality, work for other people controlling their mix, as a sound engineer on the big stages, or just want to train your ears for fun – SoundGym could be a massively valuable tool for you.

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You can sign up for FREE now at www.soundgym.co or sign up for their Pro plan to gain access to the full traning programs with more games, personalised workouts, training, sounds, and more for $14.95 a month or $119 a year.

Relive Coachella With 360° Performances On YouTube

Are you gutted that you missed out on possibly the biggest festival of the year? Or were you there and wish that you could go back and live it again? Thanks to YouTube’s 360-degree videos you can.

YouTube have hosted streams and videos of Coachella for years now but it was this year, with an update to their 360 videos, that they introduced 360 videos for Coachella.

From the official Coachella YouTube page you can view videos of loads of the acts and watch some of them in 360. Pop on some Google Cardboard glasses and live the concerts in virtual reality.

See some of the highlights for yourself and take a look around, literally:

Kanye West Declares “No more CDs from me” – A Sign Of Change To Come

The line between genius and insanity is never thinner than when talking about Kanye but the rapper/producer’s new decision is foretelling of a change already happening in the music industry.

Worldwide hip-hop superstar Kanye West announced via Twitter on Monday that he won’t release anymore CDs, following the Tidal exclusive release of his new album The Life Of Pablo. (For those with your fingers crossed he’s referring to physical CD’s, not albums) As someone who has become renowned for furious rants, experimenting with music and an unmatched egotism Kanye isn’t always right about things, but he might be right to abandon CDs.

Amongst his seemingly neverending tweet-storms (or “twitter poetry“), this announcement stands out as one that may actually indicate an issue beyond Kanye himself. The truth is that, like it or not, CD’s are a dying platform for listening to music. They’ve had a good run but have since been surpassed by digital downloads and music streaming whilst CD sales drop slowly but surely. There is no doubt that streaming has become one of the biggest sources of music consumption the world has ever seen and is growing all the time.

Music streaming puts users at the foot of nearly all available music and lets them listen to it as many times as they want, earning the artist money each time. There are artists who take issue with streaming, sometimes justifiably, but regardless it’s overtaking the music industry and even boosting it. Universal recently noted a rise in revenue despite a decrease in sales, thanks to their streamed earnings. With the already massive music streaming industry doubling in 2015 alone it’s clear that it’s a successful, maintainable platform.

It’s also evidenced in some artist’s successes how the change is taking place. Major popstar Rihanna recently released her new album which went platinum with 484,833 album downloads and 5.6 million streams in it’s first week. Her CD sales however? A pretty dire 460 physical copies were sold in the same time.

Additionally whilst there is controversy over music streaming’s rate of payment the rates were recently increased and will likely continue to increase as streaming becomes a solidified platform and potentially becomes the world’s primary source of music. Additionally music streaming is helping to kill piracy – before if you wanted to listen to a bunch of new music you would have to buy the albums for up to $15 each driving many to just pirate the music for free. Now for a $10 subscription, or even free, you have millions of albums at your fingertips legally to listen to and every listen earns the artist money. For some users, like myself, we will even use streaming as a trial for albums before buying it if I enjoyed it.

Ultimately it is your choice whether you embrace music streaming or lambaste it but the industry is quickly adapting to the new way to listen to music. CDs will be around for a few years yet, they still fill music stores, but it’s just a matter of time before they are retired. There’s always the vinyl comeback if you’re a sucker for physical music like me.

Creatively Experiment With Music Using Google’s Impressive Chrome Music Lab

With Google’s new Chrome Music Labs you can draw music, learn arpeggios, make melodies, play with your voice and more, all in your browser.

Google have always been innovators in web browser technology, experimenting with the extent of web-browser capability and functionality. Today Google launched their new “Chrome Music Lab” a website featuring 12 different tools you can use to learn and experiment with sound and music in gorgeous, unique ways.

From an incredible visual experience using a spectrogram to cartoon monkeys drumming under your guidance, there is something  bound to fascinate even the musical veterans in Chrome Music Labs. Created for Music In Our Schools Month, encouraging children towards music, the Music Lab was created to encourage learning music through the unique use of technology, as well as the possibilities of in-browser technology.

Google say of the Music Lab: “Music is for everyone. So this year for Music In Our Schools month, we wanted to make learning music a bit more accessible to everyone by using technology that’s open to everyone: the web. Chrome Music Lab is a collection of experiments that let anyone, at any age, explore how music works. They’re collaborations between musicians and coders, all built with the freely available Web Audio API. These experiments are just a start. Check out each experiment to find open-source code you can use to build your own.”

Try out Chrome Music Lab for yourself and learn some music or just have some fun: musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

Amazing Video Of Improvised Piano Duet Between Strangers

It’s something you’d only expect to see in a film – Spaniard Gerald Pla Daró sat at a Piano in a train station in Paris and began playing a rendition of the beautiful Una Mattina by Ludovico Einaudi. That’s when Nassim Zaouche from Algeria, a total stranger, steps up to join in for an amazing, spontaneous duet.

This video is testament to music’s ability to break down all barriers and bring people together for spectacular moments, just like this one.